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Second year of Master's Programme in Public Health

  • Number of credits 60 credits
  • Study time 1 year (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Autumn Term 2022

In today's globalised world we are increasingly facing new public health challenges and there is a need for qualified expertise in this contemporary field. This programme has attracted students from more than 70 countries.

Admitted to the programme

Here you will find everything you need to know before the programme starts.

While studying

We have an exciting study environment where people with different educational and cultural background meet. Our teachers are from all over the world and we have a shared vision of equitable health for all, and a shared mission of transformative education.

Multidisciplinary

By nature, Public Health is multidisciplinary, drawing on social sciences and medicine, using quantitative and qualitative methods to identify and assess specific health risks before designing and implementing effective population-based strategies.

This programme consist of the second year of our two-year programme in public health. The programme requires that the student has completed studies consisting of 60 credits in the field of public health of which at least 30 credits at advanced level.

Are you interested in:

  • How to promote health?
  • Global Health?
  • The connection between social conditions and health?
  • How to organize health systems that allocate resources effectively while at the same time promote equity?
  • Advanced methods for understanding and advancing public health in different contexts?
  • Courses regarding equity, sustainability and other topics related to Agenda 2030?

Then this programme is for you.

Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available for non-European students. See link at the bottom of this page.

Description of the programme

The programme consists of courses in advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods, equity, social epidemiology, sustainability, and evaluation in public health.

The programme provides public health practitioners and researchers with the skills required to understand, improve, and promote public health in the population. This is an international programme with students coming from many countries and all teaching is in English.

Active, collaborative, and reflective learning

Our Pedagogical Vision of the Educational Environment is based on core principles and didactic strategies including active, collaborative, and reflective learning. Studying on the programme means an active search for knowledge, problem solving, and critical analyses based on a scientific approach.

The working methods vary between individual study work, group work, seminars, lectures and practical sessions. Students have expressed great satisfaction with the cooperation between students from different educational and cultural background.

Pedagogical vision of the educational environment

Master’s thesis

The master’s thesis work is an important part of the studies in this programme and gives you a possibility to apply the knowledge that you have gained to develop a deeper understanding and specialization within a chosen area. Our teachers are also researchers which means that you will have a supervisor who has experience in public health research.

The thesis comprises 15 or 30 higher education credits, depending on what has been included in previous studies.

Read more about the thesis work second year

We offer a similar master's programme with a focus on health economics.

Read more about the Second year of Master’s Programme in Public Health with a specialization in Health economics.

Programme overview

Evidence based public health, Equity and health, Qualitative data analysis, Advanced biostatistics and epidemiology, Social epidemiology – theory and methods, Health, environment and sustainability, Leading change and development in welfare organizations, Evaluation in public health, Master thesis, second year.

Career opportunities

This programme gives knowledge that can be used in NGO’s, public organisations, and private companies. Many graduates will work in the public sector in local and state institutions, from e.g., hospitals to the Ministry of Health. They may work with public health policies, health advocacy, legislation, management, evaluation of interventions or to analyse the effect of decisions on different levels.  

Graduates can find jobs in non-profit organizations such as Red Cross, Save the Children, Medecins Sans Frontièrs or Clinton Health Access initiative. Other graduates will go to the private sector working e.g., for pharmaceutical companies or for health insurance companies. Others will work for the health minister or at WHO.

A future university career in research is another path since the programme is designed for those already working as, or planning to become, public health practitioners. Further studies can lead to a PhD degree.

Read more about our research

How to apply to the programme

Information regarding how to apply

See also link at the bottom of this page regarding application.

Degree

Degree of Master of Science (120 Credits) Main Field of Study: Public Health

Application and eligibility

Second year of Master's Programme in Public Health, 60 credits

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2022 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen

International admission round

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2022

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Eligibility

A minimum of 240 ECTS including a Bachelor's degree of equivalent first cycle qualification comprising of at least 180 ECTS or a corresponding qualification from an internationally recognized University. Specific entry requirements are: 60 ECTS in the field of Public Health of which a minimum of 30 ECTS at advanced level. In addition, Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper Secondary course English B/6. Entry requirements

Selection

Academic credits completed by the last application date (in the range of 30-285 credits equivalent to ECTS)

Application code

UMU-M3062

Application

Application deadline was 17 January 2022. The application period is closed.

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 74,200

Total fee

SEK 148,400

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2022

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Eligibility

A minimum of 240 ECTS including a Bachelor's degree of equivalent first cycle qualification comprising of at least 180 ECTS or a corresponding qualification from an internationally recognized University. Specific entry requirements are: 60 ECTS in the field of Public Health of which a minimum of 30 ECTS at advanced level. In addition, Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper Secondary course English B/6. Entry requirements

Selection

Academic credits completed by the last application date (in the range of 30-285 credits equivalent to ECTS)

Application code

UMU-P3062

Application

Application deadline was 19 April 2022. The late application period opens on 15 July 2022 if there are seats available.

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 74,200

Total fee

SEK 148,400

Contact us

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Programme is given by
Epidemiology and Global Health
Contactperson for the programme is:
Angelica Johansson